Adoption lingo glossary

I was speaking to a friend last week, and as we were talking about the Pupil Premium Plus, I referred to my ex-LAC child. Despite her connection with adoption, she’d never heard of ‘LAC’.

This got me thinking, do we use these acronyms a lot? Do we use them without really thinking about whether everyone understands? Would it be easier to use social media if these acronyms were better understood?

So today, I’m bringing you a post full of acronyms and will aim to provide a kind of glossary. If you know of others I’ve missed, please do add them in the comments.acronyms post

AD – Adoptive daughter

AFC – Adoption Focused Counselling

AO – Adoption Order

AS – Adoptive son

ASD – Autistic spectrum disorder

AP – Adoptive parent

BF – Birth family/birth father

BM – Birth Mother

CAMHS – Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service

CP – Child protection

CPV – Child to parent violence

DC – Direct contact

DH – Dear/Darling husband

DLA – Disability Living Allowance

DP – Dear/Darling partner

DW – Dear/Darling wife

EP – Educational Psychologist

FAS – Foetal Alcohol Syndrome

FC – Foster carer

FF – Family finder

HS – Homestudy

HV – Health visitor

IRO – Independent reviewing officer

LAC – Looked After Child

LB – Letterbox

LO – Little one

MP – Matching panel

OT – Occupational therapist

PAP – Prospective adoptive parent

PAR – Prospective Adopters Report

PAS – Post adoption support

PPP/PP+ – Pupil Premium Plus

S20 – Section 20

SEN – Special educational needs

SW – Social Worker

SS – Social Services

VA – Voluntary agency

SALT – Speech and language therapist

and a couple more in terms of Tweeting and social media –

DM – Direct message

FB – Facebook

FF – Follow Friday

IM – Instant messenger

PM – Private message

RT – Retweet

WP – WordPress

Can you add any more? Please include them in the comments below…

3 thoughts on “Adoption lingo glossary

  1. Suddenly Mummy

    This is great! 🙂
    How about FASD (Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder) to add to FAS?

    And perhaps a bit less relevant to adopters but might still come up:
    SG/SGO – Special guardianship / order
    LTFC – long-term foster care
    RO – residence order

  2. Michelle

    What about LSB- life story book and LLL- later life letter? And hopefully we’ll see this one more, ASF- adoption support fund.


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